PRESIDENT Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte on Thursday expressed his condolences to Turkey and the victims of the terror attack in Istanbul that killed more than 40 people.
Duterte expressed his sympathies before he ended his inaugural speech Thursday.
“On behalf of the people, our condolences to the Republic of Turkey for what has happened in the place. We offer our deepest condolences,” the new president said.
More than 200 people were also injured in the bombings at the terminal entrance of Ataturk airport in Istanbul.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said no Filipinos were injured in the attack. However, several Filipinos were stranded after the airport was closed.
DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said the Philippine embassy in Turkey continues to monitor the situation.